Bruichladdich Distillery was constructed in
1881 and was closed, unfortunately, at the beginning of 1995.
It is an excellent introduction of an Islay malt to the novice
due to the fact that it is a lighter and less peaty malt than
one would normally expect of an Islay malt. The long-necked
stills, spring water that is not exposed to so much peat in
route to the distillery and the protection of its maturation
facilities from the prevailing ocean breezes by the Rhinns
of Islay Hills may account for some of the "abnormal" characteristics
of this excellent Islay reprentative. Bruichladdich (pronounced
Brew-ick-laddie) was one of the first to use concrete, which
had only recently been granted a patent, in its construction.
It was always an interesting distillery to visit because of
the exceptionally old equipment, including an "ancient" rivited
(as opposed to welded) still that was utilized and the traditional
distilling techniques that were still in practice. With the
recent increased interest in the single malt, it is most unfortunate
that we may not have the pleasure of seeing this distillery
10 year old
with some peat, salt and seaweed.
||Medium and smooth.
and more complex than one might expect. Some smoke and
peat, with light oiliness present.
||Quite long, with
all of the above adjectives having a part.